How To Make Easy Video Posts – Combining Short Video Clips

Being able to make quick video posts is very important to any video blogger. It’s important to me.

I was struggling with my video posts. Always trying to get things shot in one or two takes. And talking on, and on, and on. It wasn’t much fun.

A little while ago when I wasn’t feeling well, I was on YouTube checking out some of the most popular videos. I was shocked. Not just at the amount of views some of these top YouTubers were getting. But, at how the videos were shot and edited. It was brilliant!

They used a very simple and very effective technique. They would shoot a bunch of short clips and then edit them together. The videos turn out more dynamic and entertaining. I don’t know the psychology behind it, but the fast cuts and short dialogue kept my attention.

I decided to give it a try on my other site ImageGuy.com. It worked! The video was much easier to shoot. Took very little time and turned out being pretty darn good. If I do say so myself. I still need practice to make the videos better. But they are much better than the previous videos I shot.

Take a look at the video below and let me know what your thoughts are.

YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEd5FagsdK8

How to Shoot Video with a Canon 7D Tethered to a Computer

I know a lot of you are shooting your videos with Canon HDSLR’s. I bet you’re being slowed down while shooting your videos and you don’t even know it. Always having to get up to change your settings. Starting and stopping your videos. Framing yourself. This may not seem like a big deal, but what if you didn’t have get up from where you’re shooting to make adjustments? Wouldn’t that save you a lot of time and frustration? You bet! You could buy a small LCD camera monitor and face it towards yourself, but that only addresses one of your issues. What about focusing, or starting and stopping recording? Did you know there is a free solution? And, you might already have it.

When you bought your Canon HDSLR it came with free software. Most people ignore the software that comes with their cameras because there are usually better 3rd party options. Not in this case. Canon’s EOS Utility allows you to control your camera from your computer. Plug the two together with a USB cable and you have full control over your camera. Even when shooting video. Let me repeat that! Even When Shooting Video!

Here are some of the things you can control from your computer:

  • Focus
  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed
  • ISO
  • Start/Stop Recording
  • And Much more (see your manual)

I bet, once you start shooting with your Canon HDSLR tethered to your computer, you’ll wonder how you managed shooting your videos without it. So go and install EOS Utilities (if you haven’t already) on your computer and try shooting you next video this way.

Check out the video below and you’ll see just how easy it is to use.

YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqU0Pc4vcPc

Do you shoot with a Canon HDSLR? If so. What’s your technique?

What’s in My Camera Bag

Making sure you have everything with you when you’re shooting your video blog post is extremely important.

In this video I show you what I have in my camera to shoot my video posts.

Here’s what’s in my video blogging camera bag:

  • Canon HF M300 camcorder
  • Canon SD1400is camera
  • Zoom H2 audio recorder
  • Audio-Technica ATR-3350 lavalier mic
  • various small tripods and stands
  • freshly charged batteries
  • memory cards
  • memory card reader
  • battery chargers
  • all connection and power cables

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cisppYlakw

What do you carry in your camera bag? Is there anything I’m missing?

Shooting Video Blog Posts Made Easier by using a Camcorder

Shooting your videos for your blog should be made as easy as possible. The easier it is to shoot the videos, the faster you can edit and then post them on your blog.

When I started this blog I was using a P&S camera and a DSLR that shot HD video for my blog posts. I thought they were pretty good for what I was doing. But, that was until a friend lent me their Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG20 camera. Even this inexpensive video camera made shooting my posts much quicker.

How did it do that? The answer is simple. It had a combination of features that made the video recording process much quicker. First it shot HD video at decent bitrate. Giving me good quality video to work with. Second, it had a lens that could zoom in and out and focus. No need for lousy digital zoom and manually focusing. it had a flip out LCD screen. This allowed me to be able to see myself whenI was in front of the camera. Just those 3 features alone sped up the video making process tremendously.

I immediately decided to buy myself a “real” camcorder. I ended up buying a Canon HF M300. It has all of the features above with a few added bonuses. The first bonus was it had even a higher bitrate than the Sanyo. Second, it came with a remote control. This was great for when I was front of the camera, I could start/stop recording and zoom in and out without having to move. Finally, It had an audio/mic input so I could plug in my lav mic and get great audio.

You work hard on your videos and your blog. No need to make it any harder.

What camera(s) do you use? And, do you think you would benefit from using a camcorder?

If you want to see more on the Canon HF M300 there is a review on my other site: http://www.imageguy.com/canon-hf-m300-review-video/

YouTube video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoMMaLe8iwc

The 3 Second Rule

The 3 second rule I’m talking about is not the one regarding food being dropped on the floor and picking it up within a certain amount of time and being able to eat it

This “3 Second Rule,” is for video bloggers.

When you’re about to start recording your video post, make sure you count to 3 in your head while looking at the camera before you start talking. When you’re finished saying what you wanted to say, keep looking at the camera while you count, in your head, to 3.

When you do this, you give yourself a 3 second buffer when editing your video. You will be able to add transitions to your video without any issues. I know, in my previous videos I didn’t count to 3 and you can see me moving when my videos fade to black. Don’t make the same mistakes I did.

The video below shows the 3 second rule clearly.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN0XZqnGMEI